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Just in time for its 100th birthday, the ever-evolving Machane Yehuda market has transformed itself once again, this time into one of Jerusalem's hottest summer cultural venues. On Monday nights throughout August, the shuk hosts "Balabasta" (literally, "come to the shop-stall"), a centennial carnival of sorts, complete with street performances, a collaborative wall-of-origami project, live video art projections, watermelon giveaways, chili eating contests, concerts, giant puppets, sets from DJs and bands, produce carving workshops and the first-ever "Shuk Olympics."
Kobi Frig, Balabasta's 34-year-old production director, who also serves as the musical director of the event series, grew up in the shuk. His family owns a spice store on Ha'egoz Street, and Frig has helped to oversee the shuk's transformation from vegetable stand to cultural hot-spot, organizing the area's famous all-night Purim parties and other "street fair"-style cultural offerings
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Every Monday in August from 5:30pm to 11:00pm